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Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson
The Last Waves

ARTIST TALK with Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: Saturday, September 10

Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: The Last Waves is a collaborative installation in which the viewer is immersed in a sequence of hallucinatory sets that loosely evoke the familiar yet strange locations for escapist films: a bar, a lab, a hotel. This fluid collaboration alters the space of the Gallery to a site of production as well as presentation, and of the accumulated effects of experimentation across a number of years, as these spaces become a set for a third film to be shot during the exhibition. Julia Feyrer (b. 1982, Victoria, BC) and Tamara Henderson (b. 1982, Sackville, NB) have worked together since 2009. They have collaborated on Enter the Fog at The Rooms, Saint John’s, NF (2016);Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: Consider the Belvedere at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2015); Bottles Under the Influence at Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre (2013); and Unfinished Corpse Bar at Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle (2013). They recently participated together in residencies at The Rooms, Newfoundland and IASPIS in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Joan Balzar
at Koerner Library

The installation of Joan Balzar’s Hook in the Koerner Library that was part of Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape and Joan Balzar: Two Exhibitions from the Collection has been extended until December 4, 2016.

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Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape and Joan Balzar:
Two exhibitions from the collection

Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape explores works from the Belkin’s permanent collection through the lens of recent philosophical ideas, questioning and breaking down old borders between the human and the non-human. Artists in the exhibition include Claude Breeze, Genevieve Cadieux, Kenneth Callahan, Emily Carr, Geoffrey Farmer, Russell FitzGerald, Sam Francis, Lawren Harris, Donald Jarvis, Ann Kipling, Glenn Ligon, Attila Richard Lukacs, Ron Martin, Gordon Payne, Margaret Peterson, Jerry Pethick, Marina Roy, Carolee Schneemann, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Jack Shadbolt, Corin Sworn, Elizabeth Vander Zaag and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Joan Balzar includes a selection of works by the artist (1928-2016), a key figure in the development of abstract painting on the West Coast in the 1960s. These works from the Belkin’s collection are displayed in the print gallery and Koerner Library.

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Slip the Snare
UBC Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2016

Benjamin J. Allard, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Saroop Soofi, Leigh Tennant, Olivia Whetung

Public Critique with Judy Radul: Saturday, May 14, 12:30 pm. All are welcome.

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present Slip the Snare, an exhibition of work by the 2016 graduates of the University of British Columbia’s two-year Master of Fine Arts program: Benjamin J. Allard, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Saroop Soofi, Leigh Tennant and Olivia Whetung. This program is limited each year to a small group of four to six artists, who over the two years foster different sensibilities developed within an intimate and discursive working environment. The exhibition is presented with support from the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia.

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Lalakenis/All Directions
A Journey of Truth and Unity

CUTTING COPPER Performances and Discussions: Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5

On July 2, 2014, renowned Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artist Chief Beau Dick along with 21 companions set out from the University of British Columbia on a journey to Ottawa which they called Awalaskenis II: Journey of Truth and Unity. Intending to raise awareness about the plight of the environment and to challenge elected officials to attend to the relationship between the federal government and First Nations people, the group brought with them a copper shield made by Haida carver Giindajin Haawasti Guujaaw. On July 27, the shield was broken on Parliament Hill in a traditional copper-breaking ceremony, marking a ruptured relationship in need of repair, and passing the burden of the wrongs done to First Nations people from them to the Government of Canada. Lalakenis/All Directions will present the broken copper shield along with the other five coppers, sacred and ceremonial objects taken on the journey and those gifted to the travellers along the way including pipes, medicine, thunder sticks and rattles. Video, photography and narrative accounts will trace encounters along the way as well as document the social media presence of the month-long journey. Lalakenis/All Directions will reveal how ceremony and performance can be powerful tools of expression around very contemporary issues.

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Maria Eichhorn

Maria Eichhorn is a German artist based in Berlin who has been exhibiting since the late 1980s. Her works often enact a social situation and involve an analysis of institutions. In general, Eichhorn’s works offer an interrogation of how power is distributed and unveil the abstract aspect of economies. “The work of Maria Eichhorn is layered and complex, rich and textured, both literal and metaphysical and often highly poetic and allusive.“1 This exhibition will be the first time Eichhorn’s work has been seen in Vancouver, and the Belkin is presenting two ongoing projects, Prohibited Imports (2003/08 and 2015) and Film Lexicon of Sexual Practices (1999/2005/2008/2014/2015), that are augmented on this occasion with newly commissioned works added to each series.

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Melancholy Bay
Images of English Bay, Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound from the Collection

Melancholy Bay: Images of English Bay, Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound from the Collection features works drawn from the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery’s permanent collection and archive; some of them are recent acquisitions and some have resided in the collection for a number of years. The value of public collections such as the Belkin’s is that exhibitions can be conceived that propose new and different understandings of the works within thematic narratives that tell stories about contemporary art, and life, in this part of the world. This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. We gratefully acknowledge the Canada Council Acquisitions Assistance program, the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, our Belkin Curator’s Forum members and our individual donors who financially support our acquisitions and donate artworks to the collection.

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object approaching short blue waves
UBC Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2015

Eric Angus, Jamey Braden, Anyse Ducharme, Jessica Gnyp, Michelle Weinstein

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present object approaching short blue waves, an exhibition of work by the 2015 graduates of the University of British Columbia’s two-year Master of Fine Arts program: Eric Angus, Jamey Braden, Anyse Ducharme, Jessica Gnyp, and Michelle Weinstein. This program is limited each year to a small group of four to six artists, which over the two years fosters different sensibilities developed within an intimate and discursive working environment. The artists in this year’s exhibition share an interest in aspects of materiality and the relationships between two and three dimensional work. The exhibition is presented with support from the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia.

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Dick Higgins
Europa

Walter C. Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall

Dick Higgins: Europa is a collaboration of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Walter C. Koerner Library at the University of British Columbia, and is made possible by the generous support of the Audain Foundation. The Art in the Library project was initiated in 2008 as a means to offer new perspectives on contemporary art by presenting work that challenges and questions our current perceptions.

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Erdem Taşdelen
Dear,

Walter C. Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall

Erdem Taşdelen’s Dear, discloses the most private reflections of the writer while simultaneously challenging the authenticity of these feelings with analytic detachment. The failure to communicate perfectly, displayed publicly and self-deprecatingly in this exhibition, is a paradox we can recognize. Taşdelen’s work focuses on the complexity of self-expression in projects using a range of media. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Walter C. Koerner Library at The University of British Columbia, and is made possible with the generous support of the Audain Foundation. Art in the Library offers new perspectives on contemporary art by presenting art that questions our current perceptions about the world around us.

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Object(s)
From the Archives

Walter C. Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall

This exhibition features a selection of artifacts from the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Archives. The artifacts are presented in their protective archival enclosures, obscuring their most obvious levels of significance and making them into receptacles, inviting viewers to provide their own meanings and points of reference. This exhibition is a collaboration of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Walter C. Koerner Library at the University of British Columbia, and is made possible by the generous support of the Audain Foundation. Art in the Library offers new perspectives on contemporary art by presenting art that challenges our perceptions. This exhibition complements the questions posed by the objects that are included in Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery from January 16-April 17, 2016.

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Tom Burrows

The exhibition by Vancouver/Hornby Island artist Tom Burrows presents work by the artist from his early career to the present. The exhibition is a timely refocusing of attention on an artist who has made an immense contribution to the development of art in Vancouver, not only as an artist but as an educator and activist as well—in 1975 he received a United Nations commission to document squatters communities in Europe, Africa and Asia, a work that is now in the Belkin’s collection. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Vancouver Foundation, the British Columbia Arts Council and our Belkin Curator’s Forum members.

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Ai Weiwei
New York Photographs 1983-1993

FILM SCREENING & LECTURE: Wednesday, November 12, 7 pm at The Cinémathèque

Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983–1993 consists of 227 black-and-white photographs taken by the artist during the decade that he resided in New York City, his first time away from China. The photographs were personally selected by the artist from over 10,000 negatives that are housed at Three Shadows Center for Photography in Beijing and together represent a single work of art—no one image is more important than another. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing and and Chambers Fine Art in New York and Beijing. It has been made possible with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Belkin Curator’s Forum.

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Mr. Peanut Campaign for Mayor 1974

Walter C. Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall

Between 1969 and 1974, Vancouver artist Vincent Trasov assumed the persona of the well-known Planters product logo Mr. Peanut as the framework for an ongoing performance art project. Trasov collected all things peanut and made drawings, photocopies, collages, photographs, videos, sculptures, and ceramics to illustrate how pervasive and potent the image of Mr. Peanut was in popular culture. Perhaps his most broadly public project was the Mr. Peanut Campaign for Mayor in 1974 that he devised with fellow artist John Mitchell. This exhibition, which consists of photographs, press material, and ephemera representing the campaign, is timed to coincide with the Vancouver municipal election that takes place on November 15, 2014. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Walter C. Koerner Library at the University of British Columbia, and is made possible with the generous support of the Audain Foundation. Art in the Library offers new perspectives on contemporary art by presenting art that questions our current perceptions about the world around us.

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Rodney Graham
Torqued Chandelier Release and Other Works

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 19, 8 to 10 pm

Rodney Graham: Torqued Chandelier Release and Other Works is part of a trio of exhibitions to be held from May to November in Vancouver, including Rodney Graham: Collected Works (May 31-October 4, 2014) at Rennie Collection and Rodney Graham: Artist in Artist’s Bar (Prop Paintings and Other Paintings) (September 17-November 16, 2014) at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design. The exhibition is a collaboration with Rennie Collection, Vancouver, with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. We are grateful for the support of our Belkin Curator’s Forum members.

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